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Bad road conditions affect business in town

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THEY have been waiting for almost two decades and nothing has been done to improve the condition of their roads.

This has been affecting business services in the old capital, Levuka.

Levuka Chamber of Commerce president Ishrar Ali hopes something can be done soon to fix this long overdue problem.

"There are a lot of challenges for Levuka.

"This is a big challenge for us and there has been a lot of money wasted in trying to fix the road here," Mr Ali said.

He said the road was now worse than its condition before and at this stage, businesses at the heritage town wants the government that could solve this problem.

"What past governments had done was neglecting everything here (Levuka Town) even the Pacific Fisheries Company (PAFCO) factory is on and off."

For other industries, he said they were waiting for the government to initiate plans such as sub-division of land to solve housing problem.

"There are lots and lots of problem here and people are just giving us a lip service at the moment.

"We have waited for the last 20 years and nothing happened so in the next 10 years, we are not expecting something to happen either."

He said the people of Levuka were not dead but still existed.

Mr Ali said at this stage, they did not have any idea who would be contesting in the election.

He said the government was doing a good job but there were also other problems that could have been done within their time.

"When I'm talking about the road, they must have spent close to $2-3million in crushing all those stone drawn out of the river and that's a lot of money to spend and it all went to waste," said Mr Ali.

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